The Boston Red Sox have managed to build one of the best farm systems in all of the MLB. It appears as though everywhere you look, there is a new prospect just about ready to arrive in Boston. One of the most exciting, young players that the Red Sox have is Mookie Betts, who is scheduled to play for the Portland Sea Dogs in Double A ball. Here is the problem, Betts is a man without a position and is pretty much blocked wherever he plays.
Betts is a natural second baseman. It is out of the question that he will be playing there regularly anytime soon with Dustin Pedroia firmly entrenched there as the heart and soul of the team. Well, what about shortstop? There is a logjam of young players there with Xander Bogaerts in the starting lineup for Boston and Deven Marrero working his way up the ranks. Another option could be the outfield, but right now, even Jackie Bradley Jr. somewhat seems blocked if Grady Sizemore continues his comeback.
Betts is way too good of an athlete to even dream of letting him go. He has great speed, which could be comparable to Jacoby Ellsbury, and is extremely solid defensively. It seems natural that he could end up being a very good leadoff hitter at some point. Boston needs to find a position for him.
My idea is that as gifted defensively as Bradley is, move him over to left field. With his baseball intelligence and amazing ability to read balls, he might be able to handle the Wall very, very well. Betts could be in center field, and that could be a very potent outfield, which could catch almost every ball in sight. Just a thought.
It’s a great problem to have, and it sure beats the days of watching the Red Sox sign washed up free agent after free agent.
Be sure to get your Red Sox tickets so you can see how these young players develop over the course of the season for Boston.